5010 is built to serve the most technical backcountry missions.
130mm of VPP® (Virtual Pivot Point) travel produces a shorter chainstay length and lower BB height compared to the 5010’s bigger-travel brethren. This creates a uniquely playful character and an insatiable appetite for negotiating steep, rocky climbs.
And when it’s time to head home, playtime becomes a riot. The new 5010 has a 67-degree head tube angle, more aggressive than before, and the longer top tube welcomes the use of shorter stems for more precise handling and greater confidence on rapid descents. The 5010 also shares all the latest VPP® hardware with the new Bronson. The top-tube-mounted, box-section upper link is a leap forward in durability and stiffness, and the lower link rests cleanly out of the way, dramatically improving clearance and minimizing rock strikes.
Bike choice can be a numbers game, but if your game is conquering epic trails then 5010 is the only number you need know.
This alloy version of the 5010 differs just slightly from its carbon brethren: Santa Cruz opted against including ISCG tabs, as one-by drivetrains have rendered them mostly unnecessary, and they have made the switch to an integrated headset like you’ll find on the Hightower and Tallboy. These decisions have shaved a bit of weight from the frame, which otherwise includes all the features you’ll find on the C and CC-level carbon frames, but in an attractive, strong, aluminum package.